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Archive for Wednesday, April 26, 1995

TOPEKA MAN FACES HEARING ON CHARGES

April 26, 1995

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled Thursday for an 18-year-old Topeka man who allegedly tried to keep a Lawrence woman from testifying against five people charged in connection with shots being fired into a southwest Lawrence home.

Jonathan O. Hagans Jr., 18, is charged with single counts of aggravated intimidation of a witness and criminal solicitation of perjury for actions he allegedly took between March 16 and April 3.

The alleged intimidation and solicitation is claimed to have occurred during phone calls he made to the woman. The calls reportedly were made after Hagans was charged with two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated assault in connection with the March 11 shooting incident.

He and the other four suspects in the case were arrested the night of the shooting.

The 19-year-old victim, who identified herself as Hagans' girlfriend, testified Tuesday during the preliminary hearing in the shooting case. During her testimony, she related a conversation she had had with Hagans in which he identified the role each of the people charged in the shooting case.

According to the woman's testimony, Hagans told his co-defendants how to get to the alleged victims' home but remained in the car when the home in the 2500 block of Morningside Court was sprayed with bullets.

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